Bad tenants are getting away with malicious damage and paying no rent. So, whose side is the law on?
Below is the statement Today Tonight received from Attorney-General John Rau regarding Family First MLC Dennis Hood’s call for the Government to bring forward a scheduled review of the SA Civil and Administrative Tribunal:
“I am monitoring progress in SACAT and if circumstances merit, I will consider bringing forward the review.”
Below is a statement from Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison regarding government rental bonds:
“All South Australians should have access to safe, affordable and appropriate housing. Last financial year, more than 25,000 people were assisted by Housing SA with private rental assistance. Many of those were people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or domestic and family violence.
These support systems involve start-up rent and bond, and often help vulnerable people in desperate need. Many of them are women with children, and others have mental health issues. Six of the top ten customers assisted with the most bonds have experienced significant domestic violence. No one wants to see children forced to live on the street.
The Residential Tenancies Act protects the rights of both tenants and landlords, and establishes an independent legal process to manage disputes. The law protects the privacy of both parties, and limits the sharing of information. However, private rental applicants already provide significant information to landlords, including evidence of employment or income, previous rental references, undischarged bankruptcies and whether the applicant will be using a Housing SA bond guarantee.
There is currently a review being conducted into private rental assistance and I look forward to input from those who use the system and landlords so that the scheme can be more effective.”